Union Gallery

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MAin Space

Brienne Lim, Sophie Williams, Jessica Thomson, Katherine Dobson
November 2-23, 2010
Artist talk: November 11, 3pm / Reception: November 20, 6-8pm

From left to right: Brienne Lim, Sophie Williams, Jessica Thomson, Katherine Dobson

Brienne Lim’s inspiration emerges from a combination of her interest in animals, nature and aspects of Asian culture and artmaking. For the work in this exhibition she draws on her fascination with invertebrate animals. Using this as source material, Asian influenced painting style, and colour, Lim create imaginary spaces to explore the uniqueness and curiosity of the invertebrate. Brienne Lim is a fourth year student in the fine art program at Queen’s University. She enjoys painting, drawing, and sculpture and hopes to enter a post-graduate program in design or fashion. This is her first exhibition as an emerging artist and plans to continue practicing her art and exhibiting.

Sophie Williams’ painting projects have developed into an illustrative commentary on human interactions with interior spaces. She has become fascinated with the role that collage plays in the aesthetic deconstruction and reconstruction of an environment. The nature of collage asks one to contemplate and negotiate relationships between images. Juxtaposing images of the figurative and the abstract creates a disorientation and displacement within the space. The combination of painting from collage allows for connectivity between these material images. By layering colours and play of brushstroke, she hopes to solve issues with the disruption and reconstruction of space. Sophie Williams is a painter who is completing in her fourth year in the BFAH program at Queen’s University. Her interest in painting has become a meditative entry point to explore patterns of human nature. Artists that have strongly influenced her work are Karin Mamma Andersson, Peter Doig, Alex Kanevsky, and Hurvin Anderson.

Advances in technology, new theories, and new discoveries have been brought into existence by the human brain. There is nothing more complex and intelligent. Language, human emotion and the inescapable need to attain satisfaction – functions of the brain - are the focus of Jessica Thomson’s paintings. Her goal is to explore and record, using visual representations of contributing factors, the changes in the relationship between humanity and the natural environment. Most of Thomson’s inspiration comes from the writings of Carl Jung and Steven Pinker as well as abstract expressionist, Philip Guston and surrealist artists Mike O’Neil and Blanka Ciok. Jessica Thomson is a fourth year Bachelor of Fine Arts student at Queen’s University, working primarily as a painter. The subject matter in her work comes out of her independent research in psychology, cognitive science and philosophy. She was born in Hamilton and grew up in Ancaster, Ontario.

Growing up in a small rural town has given Katherine Dobson a very vivid and illustrative idea of the word nature. She grew accustomed to a positive relationship between people and nature and has learned to see the beauty in ordinary things. Her work attempts to reveal the relationships that exist in a symbiotic relationship between humans and very basic ideas and forms of nature. Using the female figure, Dobson attempts to draw the likeness between women and the wild life forms that surround them. She uses animals to mimic the female figure and represent the varying characters, roles, and behaviours that women assume. Katherine Dobson, from Ottawa, is a fourth year BFAH student at Queen’s University specializing in painting and sculpture.